Multimedia artist Paul Miller, also known as DJ Spooky, performs at the Novara Jazz Festival in 2007. In his performance at CU's Black Box Theater on Feb. 6, he'll use an app to project images from his research in Antarctica and music to give the audience a new perspective on global warming.
(Courtesy photo by Giancarlo Minelli)
If you go
What: "Digital Media and Music as an Instrument for Social Change," performance by Paul Miller, aka DJ Spooky
When: 6 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Black Box Theater, ATLAS building
Multimedia artist Paul Miller, also known as DJ Spooky, will present a talk and live performance at the University of Colorado on Wednesday that addresses global warming through a combination of digital media and music.
CU students on violin and cello will accompany Miller as he uses a DJ app he created and floor-to-ceiling projections to help the audience view the environmental issue in a new way.
"I'll be looking at climate change and how art can re-frame how people look at the way the environment is being impacted by our way of life," Miller said via email.
Wednesday's show combines Miller's recent focus on how apps affect creativity and his recent research in Antarctica resulting in "The Book of Ice," which looks at the relationship of humanity to the uninhabited continent.
"My compositions incorporate these issues into a sonic portrait of 21st century issues like climate change, massive economic crises, globalization, and above all, a lyrical sense that through music, we can make people more aware of the consequences of what is happening in Antarctic," he said.
Global warming is one of the many controversial topics that inspire Miller's work.
"All of my work is political," he said.
DJ Spooky (milk digital/Mike Figgis)
"Human rights, a sense that we are stakeholders in the future; this kind of thing is what drives my art and music."
Miller is finalizing his next book, "The Imaginary App," and is currently an artist-in-resident at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.